Thanos Dimadis, journalist and Executive Director of the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents (AFPC-USA) interviewed WAAS fellows and other representatives at the HS4A campaign for their Educational Program.

The Critical Role of Technology in Advancing Human Security for All

Advancements in technology can absolutely improve the quality of human life but it can also be used for more illicit purposes. Therefore it’s essential for humans to address the spillover effects and potential threats of our technological age, which is changing minute by minute.
The partnership between WAAS and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) resulted in many technology leaders agreeing they have a major role in promoting social responsibility in regard to science and technology, and that technology should be used for the “common good”.
We need the full support of the global public absolutely behind the Human Security move.

On February 13, 2023, AFPC-USA met with Garry Jacobs, President and CEO of WAAS, to glean insights into the pressing questions that have arisen in our technological age. Read more

New Ways of Thinking to Ensure Food Security

Population growth, climate change, supply chain issues, and war are all factors that can adversely impact food supplies and it has become increasingly imperative to develop new ways to think about developing food security. Food security, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which points to the efforts of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS), “means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.”

On February 13, 2023, AFPC-USA spoke at length with Chantal-Line Carpentier, Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) New York office, about this issue to learn how public and private innovators embrace new tools and ways of thinking to solve this pressing challenge. Read more

Why Consumers are Demanding New Technologies Focused on Human Security

A growing universal desire for a safer, healthier planet is rapidly changing the global marketplace. With this in mind, it’s important to understand how changing consumer demands and regulatory pressure are creating new technologies focused on human security.
Human Security is driving companies to come out with new technologies and new solutions. It’s also driving the regulatory framework.
Many products are being developed to address personal security, mobility, food security, and health security because of the interconnectedness of all this technology. The fact that it can be processed in the cloud puts a lot of power in the hands of individuals to control their lives more effectively, to lead healthier lives and more productive lives. This paradigm has become increasingly important and is “shifting consumer aspirations.”

On February 13, 2023, AFPC-USA sat down with Walton Stinson, co-founder and CEO of technology integrator ListenUp, to learn more about this complex topic. Read more

Empowering Women, Empowering Economies

There are currently 1,600 laws that discriminate against women globally. How will increased participation of women in the economies of the world contribute to economic well-being and prosperity? “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no,” says Ellis. This educational session will assist journalists in assessing progress on gender equality, identify challenges, and contribute to local, regional, and global debates leading to the formulation of concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.

On March 2, 2023, AFPC-USA spoke with Amanda Ellis, Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Networks, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. She is a former UN Ambassador and is co-chair of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary-General, the President of the World Bank and the Council of Women World Leaders in 2018 to promote inclusive entrepreneurship. Watch